Nov 2015

The 200th issue

With celebratory die-cut covers by Philippe Apeloig


We thought it only fair to throw open the doors to the W* House and share with you how we’d fit out our dream digs. From consoles to cupboards, beds to bookcases, the W* House features our favourite pieces of design from across the globe, room by room. When it comes to sharing our finds, we wanted to keep things simple, letting you furnish your house with the click of a mouse, the Wallpaper* way. 

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Constance Guisset / La Redoute

French designer Constance Guisset shows her design flexibility with the 'Flamingo' desk, which is a world away from her more colourful works (the pigmented 'Francis' mirror previously won Guisset a Wallpaper* design award.) This sculpted desk is multifunctional and can exist anywhere in the household. The simple matte grey metal framework and veneer oak top is accessorised with matching document holders and a removable drawer compartment that can transform the structure from study hub to minimalist vanity table.


Ricardo Casas

Mexican architect Ricardo Casas has been working on a mix of structural, interiors and furniture projects since launching his studio in Mexico City in 2009. His Oja chair is a sophisticated take on the standard office chair, enriched with elegant materials and a minimalist shape. A combination of ergonomic leather seat, sinuous wooden structure and adjustable steel elements make the Oja a graceful seating compromise for the office space.


Martin Mestmacher / GObyMM

Designer Martin Mestmacher launched GObyMM with long-term business partner Bodo Niklas in 2014. Their pieces are sophisticated compositions that focus on shape research as the basis for furniture pieces and updated lifestyle objects. The COM:POS:ITION 2.2 is a large-scale wardrobe accessory which functions as a clothes rack, mirror and holder of small objects. The black powder coated steel frame holds a simple round mirror and a drawer made of oak timber, each element arranged in asymmetry with the other and with the structure. 'The single components are individual, different and asymmetric but all together considered in balance,' says the designer, who created the piece in a series of three different compositions.

'Optical Shim' paperweight

John Hogan / Matter

John Hogan’s works blur the boundaries between art and design, with an indefatigably experimental attitude to glass that touches upon traditional techniques and aesthetics as well as uber contemporary shapes. His manipulation of the material’s texture, shape, color, have over the years produced objects that dazzle from every angle. He joined forces with New York gallery Matter to produce his 'Optical Shim' paperweight, which offer a functional approach to his mesmerising glass exercises. The essential triangular shape of the piece suggests a design purity that is contrasted by the optical illusions of its dazzling top. Part precious objet d’art, part functional item, the piece forms a beautiful synthesis of creative disciplines.

'Divine Tools' set

Olivia Lee
Price on request

Singaporean industrial designer Olivia Lee has a fascination with the concept of beauty, which is evident in all her work. Her latest endeavour is a collection of nine drawing tools inspired by the Ancient Greeks' quest for divinity in mathematics, science and art. Lee's tool set is designed to aid in the use of the golden ratio, resulting in a collection that is at once beautiful and creates beauty.
'Instruments of Beauty: Divine Tools'

'Stadera' desk

Franco Albini / Cassina

Originally designed in 1954 for a private house, the 'Stadera' desk is composed of two trapezoidal-shaped surfaces supported by a single leg, and plays on the balance created by its irregularity, much like the pendulum scales (stadera) from which it takes its name. Re-released as part of the Cassina I Maestri collection, it is now available in a selection of materials including walnut and marble.

'Solo' chair

Office Kersten Geers David van Severen / Maniera
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The Brussels-based Maniera gallery works with architects and artists on furniture that blurs the boundaries between disciplines. This year it commissioned local architect duo Kersten Geers and David van Severen, who developed a multifunctional seat that looks like an abstract structure but works as a stool and small desk. Taking its cues from Thonet's walking-stick chair, it manages to merge intriguing form and practicality.

'ZigZag' bookcase

Konstantin Grcic / Driade

Back in 1996, Konstantin Grcic created a zigzag-shaped structural shelving unit for Driade. Now, almost 20 years later, the range has been updated and relaunched in a palette of new colours for the metal work (black, white, bronze and polished stainless steel) complemented by two kinds of wooden shelves in oak and American walnut. The simple modular shelf design can also be accessorised with clip-on bookends in matching colours. Available in two heights, the bookcase can be assembled without the aid of any tools.

'Brinkk' sideboard

Natalia Wieteska

A clever solution for storage, Polish designer Natalia Wieteska's sideboard is an exercise in precision and perspective. Combining exquisite craftsmanship with extreme geometry, the piece's construction gives lightness to a monolithic block of wood, available in a variety of finishes.

'Hi-Lo' shelves

Moving Mountains
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Humorous as well as rigorous, the 'Hi-Lo' shelves by designer Syrette Lew, operating from Brooklyn under the studio name Moving Mountains, contrast marble with plywood. A freestanding sculpture in the shape of a staircase, it is lined in bold blue, which adds a playful visual effect.

'Stackable Desk' accessories

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Multidisciplinary practice Epiforma was established in Portugal early this year. Its design MO is geometric shapes rendered in bold colours, a simple visual language that's both eye-catching and minimal. The stackable desk accessories - a clock, container and magnetic cube - are made of black granite, natural wood and lacquered wood, a desktop tribute to the Memphis Group.

‘Neat’ desk organisers

Johan van Hengel
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Rotterdam-based designer Johan van Hengel is behind a small yet perfectly formed selection of furniture and accessories that combine essential lines with a somewhat nostalgic aesthetic. With our penchant for rigour in the workspace, we were immediately attracted to his aptly named ‘Neat’ wooden trays, with metal edges of varying heights and colours. These not only partition a desktop (handy when you’re working in a communal space) but also hold stationery close to hand and, if necessary, slightly hide items or screen from view.

‘Tubo’ desk and chair

Sam Hecht and Kim Colin / TOG
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One for our dream study, this fresh-looking desk and chair set features a combination of marble and plastic set onto steel frames. It was created by the design duo behind Industrial Facility for TOG, a promising brand that debuted at Salone del Mobile this year. Hailing from Brazil, TOG (subtitled ‘All Creators Together’) presents itself as a platform for dialogue between designers, creators and customers. Its collections are kept simple, with humorous touches and ample scope for customisation.

‘Pantographe’ lamp

Michele De Lucchi / Hermès

Tasked with turning the Hermès philosophy into a lighting collection, Italian architect Michele De Lucchi spent three years on the brand’s first lights. The ‘Pantographe’ is inspired by a draughtsman’s instrument, a poetic balancing act of leather and steel.

‘Ply’ socket

Christoph Friedrich Wagner
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We are intrigued by young German designer Wagner’s use of plywood, bringing a new aesthetic to lighting, furniture and small objects. His multiple socket, with a textile cord in a choice of colours, stands out as a simple update of a humble essential.

'Fold' shelf

Nendo / Conde House

Constructed by the skilled craftsmen at Asahikawa-based furniture brand Conde House, Nendo's 'Fold' shelving is made up of seamlessly interlocking wooden boards. The zig-zagging design provides ample storage space that can be accessed from both back and front, making it suitable for use as a room divider as well as well as a shelving unit.

'Earthquake 5.9' bookcase

Patricia Urquiola / Budri

In May 2012, when an earthquake struck the Emilia region of Spain, stone company Budri’s marble and onyx slabs were shattered into hundreds of pieces. In an effort to turn catastrophe into triumph, Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola has fashioned the stone fragments into a line of angular pieces of furniture including this irregular, hexagonal bookcase.

'Ernest' desk

Borja Garcia Studio / Punt

With its simple, straightforward oak or walnut construction, the 'Ernest' desk by Valencia brand Punt brings warmth and order to the office. Although traditional in appearance, Ernest is designed for the digital age, providing cable management through a channel in its back leg and storage for digital devices beneath its desktop.

'Balotaro' bookends

Luis Arrivillaga / Luis Arrivillaga

This charming bookend comes from the mind of Guatemalan designer, Luis Arrivillaga. Eschewing the usual two-strong pairing, Arrivillaga's bookends come as a trio and also serve as desktop storage. Each wood and cast-iron form comes with hidden compartments where paper clips, erasers and other odds and ends can be concealed from view.

'Minima 3.0' shelving system

Bruno Fattorini & Partners / MDF Italia
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It's always a difficult task to improve on a classic without losing the beauty of the original. However, it would seem that Bruno Fattorini & Partners has managed to strike the perfect balance with its updated 'Minima' shelving. An aluminum bookcase with detachable panels, the 1997 original has been redeveloped with brightly coloured modular containers that can be slotted into the frame to create compartments.

'Deck' chair

Luca Nichetto / De Padova
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Venice-based Luca Nichetto was one of the busiest designers at this year's Salone del Mobile. And out of all of his product launches (he is a regular collaborator with brands such as Cassina, Foscarini, Casamania and Nodus), it was his versatile 'Deck' chair for De Padova that caught our eye. Although the design is inspired by seaside promenades, this is not a deck chair in the traditional sense. The chair's plastic structure comes with a variety of bases, seat and arm options to suit any environment from office to outdoor. In this case, a swivel base and upholstered seat make for the perfect desk chair.

'Arturo' desk

Christophe Pillet / Ceccotti

Italian cabinetmakers Ceccotti Collezioni can always be relied on to produce exquisitely crafted wood furniture. Its standout piece this year was this perfectly proportioned desk by french designer Christophe Pillet. its frame is made of American walnut, the inconspicuous central drawer of maple, and its angular structure is softened with rounded edges and a leather writing surface.

'Lit' lamps

Rodolfo Dordoni / Flos

At this year's Euroluce fair in Milan, Flos exhibited a jaw-droppingly beautiful array of new lighting designs by big names such as Paul Cocksedge and Philippe Starck. This perfectly poised task lamp by Italian architect and designer Rodolfo Dordoni was among the highlights. Available with a table or a clamp base, it features a tapered diffuser that provides an even, direct light.

'Radient' table lamp

Rich Brilliant Willing / Rich Brilliant Willing

American design outfit Rich Brilliant Willing deserves the spotlight once again for its satisfyingly minimal new 'Radient' table lamp. Casting a soft glow over a tabletop, the lamp has been fashioned out of metal and wood in the company's Manhattan studio.

'Beetle' chair

GamFratesi / Danish Crafts

We spotted this lovely specimen of an office chair among the exhibits at 'Mindcraft', Danish Crafts' annual ode to Danish design, which pairs the country's most exciting design talents and its established manufacturers to great effect. With its wiry legs on castors, the quirky 'Beetle' by multidisciplinary studio GamFratesi loyally references the anatomy of its entomological inspiration while still embodying Denmark's unmistakable, fuss-free sensibility. Comfortably upholstered and easily stackable, it's one bug we'd welcome into our office.

'BS 01' desk

Bruno Serrão / Wewood

Conceived as a compact work station, this desk embodies what we demand most from a work environment: a world of creative possibilities. Hidden under its smooth surface are eight drawers and compartments of various sizes for storing each and every work-related accoutrement. Designed by Bruno Serrão and skillfully produced from solid French oak by young Portuguese joinery company Wewood - without the use of any screws or nails - this is one hard worker.

'R BRAA' desk lamp

Asaf Weinbroom Studio / Asaf Weinbroom Studio

Asaf Weinbroom's architectural desk lamp is one thing we wouldn't mind staying up into the small hours with. The Tel Aviv-based lighting designer's newest collection, Braa, is a creative juxtaposition of materials. Weinbroom, who predominantly works with wood, has used sand-blasted brass tubes, and details in Corian and Formica, to give the underpinning maple features an added touch of luxury. The full range also includes a linear ceiling lamp and several tabletop versions.

'Stak' storage

Patrick Frey / Richard Lampert

We're no strangers to just a little creative clutter about the place. But with its clean lines and clearly defined structure, Patrick Frey's 'Stak' offers a more utopian ideal that we are now one step closer to achieving. The modular storage system comes in a palette of sophisticated colours, from neutrals to yellow and even pink. Available in various sizes, the slender steel containers, trays and trolleys slide simply into each other and can be installed with doors and drawers for greater discretion.

Wall clock

David Weatherhead / Thorsten Van Elten

Originally designed in a limited edition for an exhibition at Goodd called ‘A product of Geometry’, these wall clocks explore a sense of the primary, essential and formal in object design. With echoes of Bauhaus, road safety signs, and the back reflectors on a trailer, the elegant Douglas fir clocks have – of course - the added bonus of telling the time.

CSYS task light

Jake Dyson / Jake Dyson

Jake Dyson has cornered a niche for highly-engineered wall and floor lights, and the latest addition to his stable brings his meticulous attention to detail to deskwork too. In the design of the LED task light - available in black, white, blue, red and grey - Dyson has applied precision design to the control of heat, durability, colour and light distribution. Introducing an efficient cooling system to make the LED bulbs last even longer than they already do, the eco-credentials of the lamp give us an inner glow as well as lighting up our paperwork.